What is Heartfulness?

Heartfulness is a simple, modern, methodical approach to meditation. Rather than homing in on your breath or repeating a mantra, you simply focus inward, on your heart, to cultivate inner strength and serenity.

Who can practise?

Heartfulness is a super-inclusive form of meditation that’s been around for over one hundred years, and practised across one hundred countries.

Rooted in the Raja Yoga tradition, Heartfulness can be done alone or in a group. The practice is offered freely to those who wish to practise it. The practice is secular, straightforward, and informal.

Five Steps to get started

  1. Set aside twenty minutes for your ‘heart time.’ If possible, always meditate at the same time, in the same place, to keep your practice consistent and create a calm space that you can return to each day.
  2. Download the heartfulness relaxation video from http://en-us.heartfulness.org/video/ Sit comfortably with your hands and legs drawn in close. Just focus on feeling peaceful and relaxed. Let your arms rest and land wherever is most comfortable.
  3. Take a moment to tune into your heart. Gently close your eyes and imagine that the Source of Light that is already present is illuminating and expanding to capture your attention. As you focus on the subtle idea of lightness in your heart, you will begin to feel a vibration and energy descending into you.
  4. As your mind wanders, gently return to this focus of light in the heart. Thoughts that arise will naturally fall away and not trouble you after some time of practice.
  5. Upon completion of your meditation, take a few moments to reflect on the practice. As you move through your day you will find yourself connecting to your heart space.

How to expand your practice

If you’re seeking some community-based relaxation, the Heartfulness Institute offers many free classes and workshops across the world. Alternatively, if you’re more of a homebody, the Institute provides plenty of online resources like self-guided videos, free of charge.

Can I include Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation as part of my yoga Class?

Yes, Heartfulness can be included along with your other yoga practices, and can be a wonderful way to finish your class.